Animal Caretaker

Full-time Position, Available on: 2022-10-03

The Animal Caretaker, in the University Laboratory Animal Resources Department (ULAR) will be responsible for ensuring good husbandry, nutrition, and sanitation of caging systems housing animals used for research, testing, and educational purposes. The incumbent is also responsible for monitoring compliance with institutional animal care and use policies and federal laws.

Essential Functions:
• Provides all laboratory animals with food and water at all times as well as daily documentation of environmental parameters.
• Handles, identifies and restrains animals.
• Performs daily visual checks of laboratory animals.
• Determines age and gender of animals, and weaning and handling neonate babies.
• Ensures that all animals are tagged and that cages are properly identified.
• Performs physical examinations of laboratory animals.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
• Aids in the prevention, control, and treatment of diseased and injured animals, and assists with providing guidance to ULAR users regarding handling and caring of laboratory animals.
• Operates mechanical equipment such as cage washing machines, the Hydropac water delivery system, and autoclaves.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Employment at Temple University means much more than a competitive salary. Temple strives to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusivity and provide employees with opportunities for growth and advancement. You will enjoy a collaborative working environment that values innovation and creativity. Our health and wellness benefits are among the best in the region, and our retirement savings plans allow you to plan for the future. Temple University offers many opportunities for employees to enhance skills, gain new perspectives and grow professionally. For example, you can earn your bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree through our tuition remission benefit or develop your management and leadership skills in one of our HR Learning and Development’s academies. Temple University employees also enjoy recreational, entertainment, and cultural activities both on campus and throughout the Philadelphia region.

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Required Education & Experience:
Highschool or Equivalent and At least six months of directly related experience handling laboratory animals. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:
*Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of complex federal regulations, ethical issues, institutional policies, and other federal agency requirements governing human subjects research.
*Demonstrated knowledge of quality assurance or auditing functions.
*Demonstrated computer skills, and proficiency with MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access or similar software programs.
*Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, along with the ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse constituent population.
*Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including training skills.
*Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, along with the ability to work under tight deadlines.
*Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented.
*Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
*Must maintain a working knowledge of current regulations, guidelines, and trends influencing the conduct of human subjects research.
* Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible via public transportation.

*Experience with biomedical human research is preferred.

This position requires a background check.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff, and contractors must be fully vaccinated before receiving authorization to work unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University’s vaccination or exemption requirement will be prohibited from working until proof of full vaccination or an exemption is requested and approved. For more information, visit the University’s Vaccines web page at

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Contact: Nicole Contu
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